I cant believe we are now in December and Christmas is fast approaching and I have to say I am really looking forward to a break, August seems a very very long time ago…….

I have finally managed to get the newsletter out which took me ages to produce, never work in publisher, take it from me it’s not worth it! However now the format is finally sorted hopefully the next edition won’t be as tricky…Anyway its there for you now to see and please if you would like to contribute to the next issue with any stories about the Islands railway please do contact me.

As far as projects go, TravelSafe is going from strength to strength and I have now covered all but two middle schools and one High School, which I hope will change early in the New Year. So we have Newport, Carisbrooke and Sandown TravelSafe Partnership’s and already some exciting innovative ideas from the young people on taking the TravelSafe message forward and projects to address behaviour on public transport.  We also have money to pay for Red Tie Theatre Company to run theatre and workshops in schools in March for a TravelSafe week. I am really looking forward to this as theatre is a wonderful and impactive way for young people to change behaviour and learn.

I have the money now for the line guide, which will be out before Easter and have met with Alan Rowe from Potting shed cartoons www.potting-shed-cartoons.co.uk who will once again will be producing the map. The guide will cover the Island, Lymington and Brockenhurst and the 3 Rivers line with 20 attractions in each area offering two for one deals on admissions only available with a valid rail ticket. It will be on the projects page so you can follow it on line!

Last but by no means least I am delighted to be able to let you know Sandown Station’s long awaited renovation has started and Vectis builders are as I write this stripping the inside of the station ready for the work to really begin after Christmas. The renovation is planned to take 12 weeks after which we will work with Sandown Town Council and Partnership to go out consultation with the Island and local community as to what should be at the station which would best suit the community and be sustainable.

Sandown station renovation

Bobby Lock and Island Lines Stations Manager Tony Dickinson…

I will be this weekend frantically preparing for the festivities though I am prepared with presents I bought from the Marie Curie Cancer shop in Lymington for all the extended family, which is a brilliant way of saving, recycling and giving to a charity I am passionate about! So now all that is left is to say have a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year and next time I will update you all it will be 2010! WOW!

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